Your Ministry – Partake of the Divine Nature

When we partake of the divine nature, we become useful and productive in the noble things of eternal importance. Peter begins telling us how to partake with this blessing: “May more and more grace and peace be granted to you in a full knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” “His divine power has given us all things that are needful for life and godliness.”

The faith God gives us is active in our hearts and lives and it grows with use. The more we grow up in Messiah the better we work. We are created in Messiah to be to the praise of His glory. Paul wrote: “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Messiah Yeshua. Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever! Amen” (Philippians 4:19-20). WMB

We glorify God in our body. Our life and godliness in Messiah is what we share in the body of Messiah according to the working of each part. Outsiders observe what we share and some want to become part of it. That’s the main way the early church grew.

Peter wrote of this:

1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and Apostle of Jesus Christ: To those to whom there has been allotted the same precious faith as that which is ours through the righteousness of our God and of our Saviour Jesus Christ. 

2 May more and more grace and peace be granted to you in a full knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 

Partakers of the divine nature 3 seeing that His divine power has given us all things that are needful for life and godliness, through our knowledge of Him who has appealed to us by His own glorious perfections. 4 It is by means of these that He has granted us His precious and wondrous promises, in order that through them you may, one and all, become sharers in the very nature of God, having completely escaped the corruption which exists in the world through earthly cravings. 5 But for this very reason—adding, on your part, all earnestness–along with your faith, manifest also a noble character: along with a noble character, knowledge; 6 along with knowledge, self-control; along with self-control, power of endurance; 7 along with power of endurance, godliness; along with godliness, brotherly affection; and along with brotherly affection, love. 

If these things exist 8 If these things exist in you, and continually increase, they prevent your being either idle or unfruitful in advancing towards a full knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For the man in whom they are lacking is blind and cannot see distant objects, in that he has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his old sins. 

As long as you practice these things 10 For this reason, brethren, be all the more in earnest to make sure that God has called you and chosen you; for it is certain that so long as you practise these things, you will never stumble. 11 And so a triumphant admission into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be freely granted to you. 

12 For this reason I shall always persist in reminding you of these things, although you know them and are stedfast believers in truth which you already possess. 13 But I think it right, so long as I remain in the body, my present dwelling-place, to arouse you by such reminders. 14 For I know that the time for me to lay aside my body is now rapidly drawing near, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has revealed to me. 15 So on every possible occasion I will also do my best to enable you to recall these things after my departure. 

The power and Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ 16 For when we made known to you the power and Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not eagerly following cleverly devised legends, but we had been eye-witnesses of His majesty.17 He received honour and glory from God the Father, and out of the wondrous glory words such as these were spoken to Him, “This is My dearly-loved Son, in whom I take delight.” 18 And we ourselves heard these words come from Heaven, when we were with Him on the holy mountain. 

19 And in the written word of prophecy we have something more permanent; to which you do well to pay attention—as to a lamp shining in a dimly-lighted place—until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 But, above all, remember that no prophecy in Scripture will be found to have come from the prophet’s own prompting; 21 for never did any prophecy come by human will, but men sent by God spoke as they were impelled by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1 WNT

Our Lord Yeshua the Messiah came to this earth. He preached the kingdom for 3 years, then went to the cross as the perfect sacrifice to God our Father for our sins. On the third day, He rose from the dead. He preached the kingdom for 40 more days, then ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of God. He must reign as king until the last enemy, death, is conquered. Then comes the resurrection of our bodies and we will live, God with us, in the new heaven and new earth, eternally.

Outsiders observe what we share in our community fellowship with one another in the body of Messiah and some want to become part of it.

“Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and exiles to keep on abstaining from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul. Continue to live such upright lives among the gentiles that, when they slander you as practicers of evil, they may see your good actions and glorify God when he visits them” (1 Peter 2:11-12). ISV


May our God “count you worthy of the calling, and may He fulfil all the good pleasure of goodness, and the work of the faith in power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and [the] Lord Jesus Christ.” From 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 Young’s Literal Translation.

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